Urban Lecture #7 | Securing Urban Housing and the Government of Risk: A Comparative Approach

Keynote followed by a panel discussion

28June2017 19:30 - 21:30


A guest lecture by Dr Austin Zeiderman, followed by a panel discussion comparing securing Urban Housing and the Government of Risk between Bogotá and Amsterdam.


Neighborhood defenses and vigilante groups, surveillance cameras and guarded gates are only the most visible signs of a growing sense of insecurity that affect livelihood in and the governing of urban environments. Multiple threats, like crime, police violence, environmental hazards and financial crisis subjugate today´s cities, neighborhoods, and the own home to both individual protective acts and a politics of security.

In his keynote, Dr Austin Zeiderman (London School of Economics and Political Science) will examine how the anticipation of future threats conditions (often indirectly the domain of politics and government) the relationship between the state and the citizen, and the city as a political community. Drawing from ethnographic fieldwork in the peripheries of Bogotá, Colombia, Zeiderman will demonstrate how the own home and house occupy a critical place in understanding these tendencies towards securitization, both as locus of protection and conviviality and as subject of a “government of risk” in urban environments.



The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Nanke Verloo (CUS/University of Amsterdam) in which Rivke Jaffe (CUS/University of Amsterdam) will provide feedback and Fenne Pinkster (CUS/University of Amsterdam) will complement the lecture with insights from neighborhoods in Amsterdam. This will be followed by a public discussion in which the audience is invited to explore and compare how practices and discourses of securing urban housing and politics of securitization matter in the governing of urban peripheries.


Dr Austin Zeiderman

Dr Austin Zeiderman  (London School of Economics and Political Science) is an interdisciplinary scholar who specializes in the cultural and political dimensions of cities, with a specific focus on Latin America. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University as well as a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Colgate University.



Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, 1019 HC Amsterdam.



Frank Müller (CUS/University of Amsterdam)

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